Why Should I Go to Medical School?
Why do you want to go to medical school? It’s a question that you’re asked countless times on your path through college and the medical school application cycle. We know how big of a responsibility it can be, trust us. Like most pre-medical students you probably have a response ready- My dad/mom was a doctor, I want to help people, I love science, or I have always wanted to be a doctor.
Well, with a unique spin on that common question, a recent blog post on kevinmd.com listed 5 reasons why you shouldn’t go to medical school. The author is not presenting the discouraging list of reasons that it sounds like, but is merely reflecting on the current realities of embarking on a medical career.
One interesting way to read these reasons is actually in reverse. These are actually five reasons that you SHOULD go to medical school. Yes, you should go to medical school if you have a constant thirst for knowledge! You should go if you are capable of meeting challenges like sifting through bureaucracy and trouble-shooting solutions when treatments aren’t effective. You should be a people-person, both with colleagues and patients. These are all traits that I personally want to emulate as a physician, but also traits that I hope my physician has.
The point that really sticks with me, personally, is the piece about temporarily sacrificing other aspects of your life. I feel like by the time you are applying to medical school, you have already had some experience with putting your friends and family on hold. You have spent many long hours studying during nights and weekends for the MCAT or some overly intense undergraduate class. I can’t even count the number of times that I have had to apologize for not being able to make time for an event due to studying, physician shadowing, volunteering or just trying to be the superwoman that a medical school applicant needs to be.
At this point, now that I have completed my degree and been accepted to medical school, I am soaking up all the time I can with my friends and family, before I crawl back under my studying rock. Are there any things you have had to give up during your pre-med career? What do you anticipate continuing to give up during medical school?